Pupils and tutor taking part in Academi Adra course

Significant benefits to Adra’s training and development initiative

Academi Adra, set up to support individuals to develop new skills and access jobs is providing significant social benefits to local communities.

It was launched in April 2021 and working with partners, offers work experience and placements, apprenticeships, traineeships and volunteering opportunities.

Latest figures discussed by the Board showed a social value of £284,000 to Academi Adra’s work to date, with a  benefit of £48 for every pound invested by Adra.

To date:

  • 91 individuals have been supported to gain training and/or work experiences
  • 31 have gained access to training
  • 30 supported with apprenticeships
  • 12 have been supported into jobs with Adra or its contractors
  • 8 have gained paid work experience
  • 3 individuals, two of which are Adra tenants, have been offered full time jobs in Adra’s Customer Services team following training through the Academi Adra.

A number of courses have been held, including 6 ‘Construction Pathway’ courses and a customer service course with the Welsh Contact Centre Forum and Welsh Government.

Ceri Ellis-Jackson, our Social Value Co-ordinator, said: “We’re delighted with the success of Academi Adra to date, as it has provided opportunities for people to develop their skills and prepare for the world of work.

“This reflects Adra’s long term commitment to improving the life of individuals and communities by providing high quality training and development..

Academi Adra aims top expand and work in other areas within and outside Gwynedd, connect with more partners and maximise further opportunities through Adra’s growth projects, including the development of Tŷ Gwyrddfai, the dercarbonisation hub being set up in Penygroes.

Academi Adra has successfully worked in partnership with more than 20 external organisations and contractors to date.  The partnership consists of Adra, Procure Plus, Gwaith Gwynedd, JobCentre Plus, Welsh Contact Centre Forum, Richmond Bright, Citizens Advice, North Wales Training, Grwp Llandrillo Menai., GISDA, DU Construction Ltd, WF Clayton & Co Ltd, Wynne Construction, NWRC, Kickstart, Welsh Government, HM Prison & Probation Service, Careers Wales, Mon CF, GH James Cyf, Williams Homes (Bala) and Grwp Cynefin.